Firefighters continue prepping allotments for possible burnout operation on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Firefighters continue to set up protection measures around Native allotments and cabins threatened by the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) in hopes of conducting burnout operations to widen and reinforce containment lines around them. The latest size estimate for the Taixtsalda Hill Fire is 14,428 acres, a decrease of more than 500 acres from Saturday, according […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire still growing; now estimated at 15,000 acres

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok continued to grow on Friday due to hot, dry conditions and is now estimated at 15,000 acres, an increase of approximately 2,000 acres from Friday. Most of the new growth on Friday occurred on the north end of the fire as the result of a 1-mile […]

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16 smokejumpers now working on fire near Hughes

Eight smokejumpers were added today to help the eight already working on the 25-acre Hughes Mountain Fire (#363) burning about four miles west of Hughes since Tuesday. The original eight smokejumpers made good progress cutting saw line from the head of the fire to both the left and right flanks yesterday. Two water-scooping Fire Boss […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire grows to 13,000 acres; public meetings planned in Northway, Tok

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southwest of Northway continues to grow due to hot, dry and windy conditions that have persisted for the last week in the eastern Interior. The fire is now estimated at 13,000 acres, an increase of 1,000 acres from Thursday. The fire started on Monday and is burning in a […]

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Work continues on BLM AFS staffed fires

The high pressure that brought warm and dry conditions to many of the fires in the past few days is moving off to the east in Canada, resulting in slightly cooler weather and even some rain in parts of Alaska. As good as that sounds, the Eastern Interior where two of the state‚Äôs staffed fires […]

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Community meeting Friday in Northway about Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding a public meeting in the village of Northway on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Northway Community Hall to provide information and answer questions regarding the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357). The Taixtsalda Hill Fire started on Monday and had burned an estimated 12,000 acres as of Thursday […]

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Wildfire near Tok continues to grow; now estimated at 12,000 acres

Fueled by continued hot, dry and windy conditions, a wildfire burning near Tok more than doubled in size on Wednesday. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) is now estimated at 12,000 acres, an increase of more than 7,000 acres since late Tuesday night. The fire, which started on Monday, is burning about 38 miles southeast of […]

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Work continues on fires as Alaska experiences highest fire danger of the year

Work continues on four staffed fires as the state continues to experience the highest fire danger so far this year. Temperatures are predicted to cool by a couple of degrees and humidity levels are expected to tick up a bit in the upcoming days and moderate by the weekend with the warmest temperatures remaining in […]

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Wildfire near Tok grows to 4,700 acres as managers reassess strategy

A wildfire southeast of Tok grew by about 4,000 acres on Tuesday, prompting fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry to change tactics from full suppression to point protection. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357), which started on Monday, is now estimated at approximately 4,700 acres. It is burning about 38 miles southeast of Tok […]

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Dry conditions, lightning keep firefighters busy throughout BLM AFS areas

Fire season has reared its head in Alaska, again. After a lull of activity following a lightning bust in early June, a little bit of lightning coupled with prolonged hot, dry conditions has created an uptick of fires in Alaska. This has kept BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers busy as they respond to fires to […]

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